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Month: February, 2015

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Spam musubi- I could get behind this.

Loving this site for adding graphics to pictures.

Got a (less drastic) version of this haircut.

I want to get this done next.

This delicate necklace is gorgeous.

What’s for dinner: spaghetti pangrattato with crispy eggs.

Uhm, this blog is too cute.

Reading this book now. Fascinating.

Watched Firefly through midterms. Here’s the correct order of the episodes.

Pictured above is Happy Hour at Continental Mid-town, 1801 Chestnut Street.

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Secret Amazon shopping tips.

Things to know about Chinese New Year.

What tea looks like around the world.

Tried this chocolate and it is pretty darn good. (Pricy though.)

NEED to make this marquee. So cute!

I just finished reading The Alchemist and loved it.

These kimchi and bulgogi nachos. Mmmm.

You got me at caramelized onions.

Making this peanut butter + banana + coffee shake.

Pictured above is yogurt mousse from Restaurant Week at Estia, 1405 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA.

heart-shaped pizza

 

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Hi. I should be studying oral surgery right now like a good dental student. Yet all that gung ho-ness went right out the back door, blown away by the cold wind. Instead, I’m munching on the last of this deliciousness above while hiding under blankets, getting all caught up on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. How is it that Grey’s Anatomy can still steal tears from me!? And how much crazier could Huck possibly get?! And why don’t I get this excited watching class capture?!?!
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Anyway, didn’t I tell you I would make this pizza? Even though it’s heart-shaped, it’s a pizza for all seasons. What I love about this pizza is that it’s easy. There aren’t any elaborate stressful steps. It would be perfect to do with a little one too! I ended up making a mushroom and red onion pizza topped with sizzling garlic. It’s yummy but if not you could try my other pizza topping suggestions!
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I know many a person who feel that Valentine’s Day is a “consumer holiday.” Perhaps it is a day that has been amped up by overpriced candy and absurd expectations. Yet perhaps some people need a day to muster the courage to express that love! Apparently we Americans don’t say those three little words enough. For me, it’s not the day that I show my appreciation for others but it is another day that I can! Hugs and smooches. I’m going to take a nap now and hope it will rev me up for some more studying.

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Heart-Shaped Pizza (mushroom + onion)

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough *
1/4-1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup fradiavolo sauce (to give a spicy kick!)
2/3 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
10 thin rings of red onions, halved
1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Let the pizza dough rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.

Set the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and grease with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Lightly flour a clean counter and turn out the dough. Using a rolling pin (or your hands!), flatten and shape the dough into a heart. You may need to flip the dough a few times to thin it out. Add more flour to the counter if the dough sticks to it.

Transfer the dough to the cookie sheet. You may need to reform it once transferred.

Combine the pizza sauce and fradiavolo sauce. Spread 2/3 of the mixture onto the dough. Sprinkle on 1/2 cup of cheese.

Add the remaining sauce, mushrooms and onions. ** Sprinkle on remaining cheese.

Combine the garlic and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle on top of pizza.

Bake for 15-20 minutes for a crisp pizza.

*Note: The dough is for a 12-inch pizza which would give you a thicker crust. My pizza is much larger but I wanted a thin crust pizza. For full transparency, I want to say that I used Trader Joe’s fresh garlic and herb pizza dough. It was good but not the best. I’ll try out the others at some point to see if I like them better. Still the dough is good in a pinch! If I were to make my own, I would try this recipe.

** For another topping, add anchovies if you’re my soul mate.
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in a velvety silence

Snow has finally arrived! She came silently in the night and softened the edges of the world. I’m not a Northerner yet, still fascinated with how snow can blanket us in a velvety silence.

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I trekked out earlier with Chibi in the lead, taking mindful steps through the soft mounds. Chibi, meanwhile, rampaged onward, hopping, leaping, verifiably twirling in the snow, gathering it into her fur for the most comical snow beard.

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Now that I’ve done my mandatory walk, I’m going to stay firmly cozied up next to my space heater because school has been delayed !!! Winter colds are ghastly but snow days are delicious.

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A Valentine’s podcast video via This American Life.

There lurks a Texas brisket bandit.

Starbucks now offers coconut milk.

Sleep quicker.

What a London Fog is.

A new Judd Apatow movie trailer.

This Instagram account cracks me up.

You simply aren’t doing your best.

I’m obsessed with Luther.

This cover by Lennon and Maisy is amahhzing!

Pictured above is buffalo chicken and blue cheese on a roasted sweet potato.

you stole a pizza my heart

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Chocolates are overrated. I’ve got pizza on my mind ever since I heard about Pizza Brain delivering HEART-SHAPED PIZZAS. Whaaat?! You know you want in on it. Here’s the menu. You just need to preorder before noon on February 14th.*

If you’re bummed out because you’re not in the Philly area, make your own! I’m thinking a quick run to Trader Joe’s for fresh pizza dough. (Let’s not be over ambitious.) My favorite combination is tomato sauce with mozzarella, mushrooms and anchovies. I’m a weirdo. If you like that combo too, hellooo, soulmate! If not, here are some other yummy options:

the traditional: tomato + basil

the texan: corn + hatch chile + bacon

the fancy pants: goat cheese + arugula (+ proscuitto?!)

the simple comfort: shakshuka

*This is not a sponsored post. This is me being excited about HEART-SHAPED PIZZAS! And puns.

** If you’re into puns and making candy-free valentines, here you go.

black bean enchiladas

“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, know what their Personal Legend is.

At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realized their Personal Legend…

[The mysterious force] is a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth…

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

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Black Bean Enchiladas
Makes 11 enchiladas

Enchilada Sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
18 ounces of tomato paste
2 cups of water

Enchilada Wrapping
11 corn tortillas

Enchilada Filling
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-ounce can of whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup hatch green chile salsa

Enchilada Topping
2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 3-ounce can of olives, sliced, rinsed and drained

Set the oven at 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder in a bowl. Place a small pot over medium heat and add oil. Then add the dry ingredients. Mix in the tomato paste and water. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Place a large pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Then add the garlic, onions and tomatoes. Cook until the onions are translucent. Mix in the black beans, corn and salsa. Set aside.

[Edit: Fry the tortillas in a tablespoon of olive oil so that they are soft and easy to manage when wrapping.]

Place 3-4 tablespoons of the filling onto the center of the tortilla. Wrap the tortilla and place seam side down into a baking pan. Repeat until the tortillas are done.

Pour enchilada sauce over the wrapped tortilla.

Sprinkle generously with cheese. Add olives. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.

blueberry scones

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Midterms start this week and I’m prepping for the storm. That means doing all the laundry, washing all the dishes, and meal prepping hard core. Blueberry scones are on the list.

Scones enable me to run out the door without worrying about getting hunger crazed during lectures. They are easy to pack (no extra container to wash, yay!), have staying power with the white whole wheat flour, and, most importantly, pair with my morning coffee.

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Blueberry Scones
Makes 16 scones

1 1/4 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh

Set oven to 350 F. Butter cookie sheet.

Mix the sour cream and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract. Then mix in sour cream.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well so that everything sticks but do not over mix.

Sprinkle flour on a clean surface. Split the dough in half. Place half onto the floured surface. Knead lightly and form the dough into a flattened circle. Using a knife, cut the dough into eight slices.

Transfer to the cookie sheet. Bake for 18-24 minutes.

Repeat last two steps with remaining dough.

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Loving d’Orsay flats; my picks for casual and dressy.

I want this dress.

How to lose a guy in ten days. LOL.

On improving your study posture.

Do this booty challenge with me!

Need to go to New York and visit all these places to eat!

For a nice blowout.

Huge Mexican cravings recently so this and this speak to me.

These customized maps are gorgeous.

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This would be a most excellent alarm clock.

Having a potluck on Monday and this recipe has got banging reviews.

On being a perfect woman and how alcohol plays a role.

These types of videos crack me up.

My friend just bought the most amazing yarn from this store. I need to go ASAP.

A theory on what happened in Serial. And parodies of it!

These thoughts on marriage are beautiful.

For baby smooth feet.

This blog is inspiring mad Taiwanese food cravings.

Pictured above is from a Sunday buffet brunch at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse. 210 W Rittenhouse Square, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. 215.790.2533